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BAKED CAJUN SHRIMP

BAKED CAJUN SHRIMP

A Cajun Kiss: Baked Shrimp with Spicy Herb Crust

Imagine plump, juicy shrimp enveloped in a vibrant blend of Cajun spices. This Baked Shrimp with Spicy Herb Crust is an ode to Louisiana cuisine, offering a symphony of bold flavors with every bite. Serve it over a bed of savory Cajun Dirty Rice and pair it with smoky Andouille sausage for a truly unforgettable culinary experience.

A Celebration of Cajun Spice:

This recipe features succulent shrimp, carefully seasoned with a blend of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, and oregano. The smoky paprika adds a touch of warmth, while the onion and garlic powders provide a savory base. Salt enhances the natural flavors, and cayenne pepper brings a welcome kick of heat. Thyme and oregano add herbaceous depth, creating a complex and exciting flavor profile.

Simple Elegance, Maximum Flavor:

Despite its impressive taste, this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare. The shrimp are simply tossed in a fragrant oil and spice mixture before being baked to perfection. This hands-off approach allows the flavors to meld beautifully, while ensuring the shrimp remain tender and juicy.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cajun Bliss:

  1. Heating Up the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure the shrimp cook through evenly. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly grease it with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

  2. Oiling Up the Shrimp: In a large bowl, add the peeled, deveined, and cooked shrimp. Drizzle them with canola oil and toss gently to coat them evenly. This oil will help prevent the shrimp from drying out during baking.

  3. The Cajun Spice Rub: In a separate bowl with a lid, combine the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme leaves, and ground oregano. This fragrant blend of spices will form the flavorful crust on the shrimp.

  4. Aromatic Delight: Add the dry spice mixture to the bowl with the oiled shrimp. Close the lid and shake the bowl gently to ensure all the shrimp are evenly coated in the Cajun spice rub.

  5. Baking to Perfection: Arrange the seasoned shrimp in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake them in your preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

  6. A Symphony of Flavor: Serve your Baked Shrimp with Spicy Herb Crust warm, alongside a slice of lemon for a refreshing squeeze of citrus. Enjoy them over a bed of savory Cajun Dirty Rice and pair them with smoky Andouille sausage for a complete and flavorful Cajun feast!

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